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MICHELLE Rowland, the quiet Labor contender who stormed to thunderous victory in the marginal seat of Greenway, has declared her win "incredibly humbling".

The Labor member held her seat with a 3.1 per cent swing, with 53.8 per cent to the Coalition's 46.1 per cent.

"It was always going to be tight, I was on booths with Liberal people who were telling me to look for a new job," she told Fairfax Media.

"If there's one word to describe this win it is humbling", she said on stage, before a booming three cheers rang out across scooners of lager and a sea of orange T-shirts. There was no mention of Tony Abbott in a room that felt like the federal election had been Labor's.

Ms Rowland said she finally allowed herself to believe the figures at 8pm - and that she hadn't heard from Kevin Rudd but has 70 missed calls and 40 messages on her phone.


Topics:  federal election 2013

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